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2013 IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition

 

Congratualtions to our IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition finalists!


Nonspec, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Cope Plastics, Inc.
Vycom
About the 2013 IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition


IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition Winner:
Nonspec, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell



Nonspec, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell for their application for telescoping prosthetic arms designed for children, to help them have better muscle development and lead a more active life with a price point that would enable children in developing nations to benefit from the devices. Nonspec used PEEK and nylon rods for their prototype, sourced from IAPD distributor member company Total Plastics, Inc.



Vycom



IAPD manufacturer member Vycom for a large-scale portable sculpture designed by Harvard School of Design graduate students that merges city architecture with greenscapes that engage the public. The sculpture is made from Celtec Ultra White, a solid PVC material designed for outdoor applications.



Cope Plastics, Inc.

 


IAPD distributor member Cope Plastics, Inc. for a metal-replacement application, a bearing that reduces operating costs and improves production efficiency at a large food products manufacturer. The bearing is the first application of Ketron MD in use in North America. Ketron MD was chosen because it doesn’t require lubrication, is metal-detectable and can be safely used in food
applications.

 

2013 IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition


These three finalists presented their applications to a live audience of IAPD members, non-members and the media on October 2 in Miami, FL. In attendance was Rich Nass, brand director for Design News, the exclusive media sponsor of the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition. “I’m impressed with the range and variation of the three applications presented here today, and I’m looking forward to telling Design News readers about Nonspec, Vycom and Cope Plastics, Inc.,” said Nass. Earlier this year, a panel of five judges reviewed all the applications to the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition and selected the top three finalists. While they ranked the top three finalists, that information was not revealed prior to the announcement of the winners. At the live presentation, the audience was invited to vote on their favorite application. Those results were consistent with the judging panel’s selections.

 

The independent judging panel represented the aerospace industry, the computer industry, the media, academia and the plastics industry:


• Jim Griffing is a technical fellow for the material and process function of Boeing Research and Technology. Griffing was president of SPE from April 2012 to April 2013.

• Spyros Michail is leading the worldwide operations team for soft goods at Apple Inc. He joined Apple in 2000 and has held various positions in the manufacturing design group responsible for the manufacturing and supply chains of enclosure parts for all Apple products. Previous to Apple, Michail held engineering, marketing and sales positions at GE Plastics.

• Richard Nass is the brand director for Design News, a UBM Canon publication. Design News reaches a community of more than 300,000 design engineers and its website receives nearly one million page views per month. Design News was the exclusive media sponsor of the 2013 IAPD Design Competition.

• Kathryne Newton, Ph.D. is a professor of industrial distribution, technology, leadership and innovation at Purdue University. Dr. Newton is also the University of Industrial Distribution coordinator.

• Jay Gardiner is president of Gardiner Plastics, a thermoplastic resins company and a consulting services provider to the plastics industry. Gardiner is also the president of The Plastics Academy, member of the executive committee of the National Plastics Center, a past president of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame and a distinguished member of SPE.